REUNION ON A GOLDEN DAWN
By: Corielle and mdelaur
“Do you think you left the locket down by Hagrid’s, Cho?” Marietta asked with forced calm. Before she heard her answer,
Cho swept past her, and Marietta watched her disappear into the
blackening night. Hurrying after her, Marietta attempted to slow Cho by grabbing her arm, but Cho
wrenched out of her grip and shouted through the quickening wind.
“You don’t understand...it’s all I have left of her!”
shouted Cho. Marietta watched with pity as Cho searched for
the last link to her deceased mother.
Cho frantically searched on hands and knees simultaneously
as a wet drop pricked Marietta’s skin. Cho shrieked as lightning lit up
the sky for she had a childish fear of thunderstorms, and took off running through
the foliage. She stopped much later, a stitch in her side, to realize that she
was completely alone.
she called into the night, pausing to listen for a response. She huddled down
onto the wet ground, soaked and chilled to the bone. She threw her arms around
her bent knees and sobbed in desperation. Not only was she afraid of
thunderstorms, but she was lost in the Forbidden Forest in
the dark of the night, completely alone.
“Wha’ was that?” she sobbed through her tears, her
head snapping up at the sound. She peered into a pair of gentle eyes. She
shrieked in fear and turned to run, only to realize what was before her. There,
silent and docile, was a baby unicorn. It turned in fright at the noise Cho
made and bounded away.
“Wait! Come back!” Cho called after it. She ran
quickly through the underbrush in pursuit of the animal. She caught up to the
unicorn for it had stopped suddenly, its scrawny legs trembling, its eyes full
“What’s the matter, little one?” Cho said, her voice
barely over a whisper. She reached out and stroked the stunning gold coat. She
then slowly brushed away two large leaves obscuring her view of what the
unicorn was so terrified of. She gasped in shock and turned to be sick. There,
horrifying yet beautiful, were dozens of enslaved unicorns harnessed and
pulling log after log in a large open clearing. An overseer was whipping the
Cho watched the events with shock and disgust, her
senses barely processing the full severity of the matter. Her hand went on,
stroking the terrified unicorn beside her. Under her hand, Cho felt it suddenly
stiffen, letting out a high pitched wail. As she tried to silence it, she
realized in horror that the poor creature must have been taken away from its
mother. And as it tried to pull away from her toward the scene, it dawned on
her heavily that the unicorn currently feeling the harsh tongue of the whip was
the innocent foal’s mother.
She felt disgusted with herself as a childhood song of
hers came crashing into her head, its words slightly changed to fit the scene
that she couldn’t block out of her mind. “Be kind to your horn bearing friends,
for the unicorn could be somebody’s mother…” She turned to retch once more, but
as suddenly as she had come upon the scene, she was grabbed tightly by her hair
and pulled off the ground.
“Now what do we have here? A leetle chickie for me,
now?” said a horrible man, his teeth stained with tobacco. His sweat drenched
muscles bulged and his eyes glittered menacingly. “And such a preetty one at
With his free hand he grabbed her neck and brought her
into the clearing, kicking away the poor baby unicorn. “Look fellas! Look what
I caught!” he called.
“Mack...” said a second wizard. “Someone might look
for the girl, and I don’t want to be held responsible if she were to tell.”
“The chickie won’t be talkin, now will she?” said
Mack, his hand trailing down Cho’s arm.
“Let me go!” she gasped, pulling at the man’s fingers
tight on her neck.
“You goin’ to fight me?” said Mack sarcastically. “Fellas,
I theenk she likes us real well, don’t you?” He petted her soft hair and
caressed her face.
“Don’t touch me!” she spat, throwing his hands off
her. “You can’t do this to the forest! You can’t cut down the trees! The forest
is sacred to so many creatures-”
“What you gonna do about it?” asked Mack, his face
twisting with wicked glee.
“Come now, Mack. She won’t say anything. Look, it’s
almost morning,” said the man who had opposed Mack earlier. Cho looked up in
surprise. She turned back towards the man, however, when he grabbed her wrist
Mack began to drag Cho to the far end of the clearing.
She struggled to resist him, but to no avail. Suddenly she remembered her wand
and quietly, as to bring no attention to her actions, she pulled it out.
Cho called out, pointing her wand at the man. He let go of her and fell
backwards. “Stupify!” She bellowed
as she ran to the unicorns and with a few words and flicks of her wand, had set
them free. Most of the unicorns gratfully disappeared into the forest leaving
only the small golden foal and its mother. As the grown unicorn turned Cho
felt herself gazing into its eyes. She had the feeling that there was a depth
to those eyes that she had never seen before in a creature of any kind, and
that it understood the deepest realms of her soul. She felt within herself the
need to follow them as they turned to enter the rich forest.
To her amazement she found herself led directly to the
castle. She turned back to the foal and its mother to find herself completely alone.
Her eye caught a golden shimmer, and she bent down to find the golden locket at
her feet. As the clouds parted overhead, she truly felt that she was reunited
with her mother, just as the foal had been with hers.